Sometimes, marketing tries to sell you something you don't want, or something you won't like.
To add a sticker to this DVD with "by the makers of Spirited Away" it's wrong. First, should be made clear that it's a subtitled film (I always watch the films in their original language, but a LOT of people don't, and they won't have the choice). And second, even though it's a studio Ghibli film, that doesn't mean that it's going to be "Spirited Away".
I think it's unfair to class this film as a romantic film, at least in the western sense of it (subtle and with lots of unsaid words, watch out for face expressions). I would say it's more a drama, a Japanese drama for adults. In actual fact, once you watch this film you'll forget it was an animation film, because it's quite in the style of a Japanese non-animation drama. Also, it's way more realistic than any other anime films that happen in a school.
For someone interested in Japanese culture you'll be pleased to noticed all the nuances of Japanese everyday life: the sound of the local trains, the izakaya, the street signs, the customs... very detailed indeed.
The story is simple but interesting and believable. I won't spoil it for you, but if you liked My Neighbours The Yamadas [DVD
] and/or Only Yesterday [DVD
] you should definitely give this one a try.
If you think you might like this drama, don't miss this hidden gem at a very interesting price.